Family fun at the Summer Parks and Paths Challenge fundraiser: creative scavenger hunt, mapping session, and workout in the Berkeley hills.
You are invited to our third Parks and Paths Challenge, a creative combination of scavenger hunt, mapping exercise, and workout – a fun activity for socially-distant times. You can participate individually or as a team with your immediate household members only. This is not a group activity, there is no walk leader, and you are not interacting with other teams. The activity is set up as a self-guided scavenger hunt where individuals make their way to a series of paths, search for clues, and record their findings. It provides a fun way to enjoy the paths while respecting social distancing and supporting two great local organizations.
Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per child, with a family cap of $25. Proceeds are split between the Bay Area Wilderness Training — whose mission is to provide equitable access to outdoor experiences for youth of color and low-income youth — and the Berkeley Paths handrail fund, which works in a different way to broaden access to trails. Additional contributions are appreciated. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
The event begins and ends in Berkeley’s Great Stoneface Park located at 1930 Thousand Oaks Blvd at staggered start times (see below). Designed to accommodate people with various interests and fitness levels, the Parks and Paths Challenge features three self-guided walks that vary in length — approximately 2, 4, and 6 miles — and in difficulty. You choose which one is right for your team, and we’ll give you a map and a list of questions to answer at checkpoints along the way. What we won’t give you is a set route, as we would like teams to think through the challenge and design their own individual walks. The ‘challenge’ in the Parks and Paths Challenge is to plan a route that reaches all the checkpoints as quickly as possible and to come back with the answers. We will award prizes to the first teams that arrive back at the park with the correct answers.
Arrive 15 minutes before the hour for (no-contact) pickup of a map and instructions so you’ll be ready to leave promptly at 10 am (6-mile route), 11 am (4-mile route), or noon (2-mile route). And don’t overlook the route-planning stage of the process, or your 6-mile hike might just turn out to be 8! The checkpoints for the shortest loop can all be reached on streets or mildly graded paths with handrails, but expect some steep stairs and uneven footing on the longer walks.
We expect participants will be back at the starting point about 1pm to receive a commemorative sticker and other prizes. We will also setup a pop-up store with paths swag, maps, books, and other goodies. For everyone’s safety, participants and BPWA volunteers must wear face coverings while at the park and at any other time when they encounter others on their walk. On-site registrants won’t be turned away, but we encourage participants to register ahead of time to minimize in-person interactions at the park and so we know how many handouts to prepare. We will have 2 volunteers on-site to answer questions, but all materials will be set out ahead of time. We will provide pens, but bring your own if you’d like.
If you would like to participate, but cannot come out on July 25, please register and then send an email to email@example.com letting us know that you’d like to take the challenge on your own time. Once we verify registration, we will email you the activity handouts for use at your leisure. Either way, we appreciate your support and participation!